Sending Office: Honorable Barbara Lee
Support Community-Oriented Policing! Cosponsor H.Res. 652!
Endorsements: National Urban League
Current Cosponsors: Barragán, Bordallo, Carson, Chu, Clarke, Clay, Cohen, Grijalva, Hastings, Holmes Norton, Kaptur, Lawrence, Lujan Grisham, Meeks, Moore, Raskin, Tonko, Wilson
February 7, 2018
Now is the time to express your support for community-oriented policing! I write to encourage you to cosponsor my resolution, H.Res. 652, which affirms Congress’ support for
Community-Oriented Policing services and COPS grants to local jurisdictions.
Community policing strategies have been used in many communities across the country as tools to begin addressing the deeply rooted lack of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, particularly communities of color. A growing census suggests
that rebuilding community trust can enhance public safety. Research has shown that more effective police techniques, such as those implemented through community policing programs, can, and have reduced crime while also improving relations between officers
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) helps support these initiatives by awarding grants to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, the House-passed FY2018 Appropriations bill
for the Department of Justice grant programs eliminates all the DOJ’s COPS Hiring Program, including its grants for collaborative reform agreements, and community policing development. Further, in September 2017, Attorney General Sessions announced a realignment
of priorities in the COPS office, which even police chiefs across the political spectrum have criticized.
That is why co-sponsoring my resolution, H.Res. 652, is so important. My resolution calls for increased investment in the Community Oriented Policing Services Program (COPS) – including the COPS Hiring Program – which has invested over $14.7 billion in
trust building and community-oriented crime fighting strategies across the country over the past two decades. The resolution also encourages the Department of Justice, in collaborations with the COPS Office, to issue further guidance and best practices on
diversity hiring and retention of law enforcement personnel.
I urge you to join me as a co-sponsor of H. Res. 652. For questions or to cosponsor, please contact Liz Lee in my office at Liz.Lee@mail.house.gov and Vanuyen Pham at
Vanuyen.Pham@mail.house.gov at 5-2661.
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